Thursday, February 28, 2013


Husby's birthday is always a bit tricky. It's eleven days after mine and Valentine's Day is smack in the middle of the two. I always tell him that the degree of awesome-ness of his birthday will depend on how awesome my birthday and/or Valentine's is. But really, I just want to plan any party/get together/shebang/shindig. So I am just full of empty threats.

This year, after many half hearted attempts to have dinner and drinks at The Tardis Room, I finally just planned for us and some friends to go for his birthday dinner. (I think sharing food/breaking bread is Husby's love language) It was suppose to be a surprise but about a week before the secret was let out. Oh well. 48% of all surprise parties are spoiled before they happen**.

Long story short: really good food. But be ready to pay for it (money-wise and time - everything is cooked to order, hence the deliciousness). But if you go, get the onion rings. Oh man. Drooool.

I love any reason for celebrating and Husby is a great reason!

And now some photos! (BTW, the Tardis Room is inspired by Dr. Who. If you don't know Dr. Who, and you have Netlflix, you should probably start here.)

**I just completely made that up

Tardis Lamp!

"It's bigger on the inside."

Sonic Screwdriver, 11th Doctor. Pricy, but tasty!

Cute little cake, compliments of Safeway bakery ; )

Friday, February 15, 2013


Even though we're not Catholic, I have decided that I am giving up Pinterest for Lent. (GASP!) It sounds weird and shallow to me but I spend way too much time on there and nothing ever really comes to fruition.

I am, however, allowing myself to look at one of my boards (THIS one) as it's a 2013 to-do list of sorts. The goal will be to not pin anything or waste time looking around when I already have a big list of things I want to do/make/try/etc...

I haven't participated in Lent for a few years just because there hasn't been anything I felt I needed to be "giving up". A lot of people I know will forgo some food or beverage - or maybe the unthinkable, Facebook, but the way I think about Lent is that you should be using the time that would be spend doing whatever you are giving up on praying, meditating, reading the Bible, or something of that sort. Like this time is a time to give something up in order to get closer to God. (Too religion-y for this blog?) I don't think giving up Diet Coke or chocolate will help me get closer to God (granted, it would help my body....but...yeah.) However, I do think I can find ways to get back to spiritual basics' if I'm not spending hours upon hours pinning projects I'll never get to, food I'll never make, clothes I'll never afford, baby nurseries for babies I don't have... I think you get the point.

I have a solid to-do list already, so why not try to knock some of those out? And a good handful are gifts and some home tips I want to implement anyway but have been too busy finding other stuff to put on the forever growing dream to-do list.

So, there's my Lent story.
I've already logged out (I was permanently logged in - such easy access), deleted my app (phone and on my Chrome home page), and removed my "pin in" button from my toolbar. Let's do this!

Proof. Now, what to fill the space with... Bible app?

Are you giving up anything for Lent, and if so, what?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Another year older, another year wiser? 

My friend Sarah came down for my birthday this past weekend and it was a lot of fun. It was full of donuts, free/discount birthday treats, brunch and $2 mimosas, thai food, baby elephants, a free trip to the zoo... what could be better? Also, Husby made me a giant ice cream cookie sandwich. I should probably go on a diet now.

Here's some photos from the weekend!

brunch at East Burn

I was gifted with tickets to the zoo, but it was free zoo day
which means I still have a free zoo trip this year!

Chinese New Year. Why the zoo was free!

Also, tax return came today which means new eye exam and new eyes tomorrow! Just a little bit excited to see again.